The No Child Left Behind

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Educators and politicians have been trying to create education opportunities for the disadvantaged groups, such as the poor, minorities and marginalized groups. Among those strategies, some succeeded, while others reflected more problems. For example, the No Child Left Behind, which leads to critiques of high-stake testing, and even higher competition and segregations among the different academic performed schools. However, in order to eliminate, or at least meliorate the social inequalities, there are some strategies truly give opportunities for those demanding accessibilities and resources. One of them, is the A Better Chance program, and another is the small school movement designed for poor and working-class youth (Fine, M. et al,…show more content…
With the high requirement of the students participating quota, only small amount of student selected from lower-class are able to transfer to an elite school, and to study with the privileged class students. The social inequalities might be redressed through this program because, it is trying to desegregate the students from different social classes. Rather than based on the family incomes and socioeconomic statues, to those showing intelligence and abilities of learning well that equal education opportunities are given. Compared with the poor communities, the upper class communities who own more wealth and education resources are capable to change the ABC program students’ social and economical capitals in their future lives. In the first place, multicultural experts were helping those from different social background to build connections between upper class and ABC students in the summer transition programs. Even though at the beginning, there was “culture shock” and “struggle” for both teachers and ABC students. For example, instead of maintaining the African American identities in school, some of them consider themselves as “emissaries” in a political way, and isolate themselves from the peers (Zweigenhaft, R. L., & Domhoff, G. W., 2003). But the most extreme difficulty comes from the pressure of low academic performance, compared with the excellent elite students. The ABC students are no
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